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Access City Award now open with €150,000 top prize

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Access City Award which is an occasion to celebrate the advancements made by cities to become more accessible, and the achievements of cities to tackle today’s barriers to accessibility. Over the past 14 years, 85 cities have been awarded, including 14 1st prize winners among them. The most recent city to receive the prestigious award was San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Spain).

The award is organised by the European Commission in partnership with the European Disability Forum. The winner and runners-up will receive a monetary prize:

  • 1st place: EUR 150 000
  • 2nd place: EUR 120 000
  • 3rd place: EUR 80 000

In addition, the EU Jury may decide to award up to five “Special Mentions” if there are cities that have done exceptional work in specific areas of accessibility. In honour of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the European Commission also intends to award a Special Mention on ‘Accessible Sports Infrastructure’ to a city that demonstrates how sport initiatives can bring high-quality and accessible experiences for all. 

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony during the European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference taking place on 28 and 29 November 2024.

How can cities apply?

Cities across the EU with over 50 000 inhabitants are eligible to apply. If a country has fewer than two cities with 50 000 inhabitants, two or more smaller towns with a combined population of 50 000 can apply.

Applications must be made by completing and submitting an online application by 10 September 2024 at 23.59 CET the latest. A guidance note for applicants and the participation rules are available in all official EU languages on the Access City Award website.  

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